I’m running every single day this year. Every single day. Today was Day 223.Continue reading “For 223, I did 12.0…”
The first HUGE step is over.
Today I hit my 100th consecutive day of running.
I set out this year to run every single day.
And I am doing it!Continue reading “100 Consecutive Days Running!!!”
I always feel the need to preface these posts with, “I wasn’t fast.”
And, it wasn’t fast, but today I ran great and good and far and wonderfully.
With my oldest son, and his wonderful wife, we set out from our beach house to do one of my favorite long runs – to the Point Pleasant Inlet and back – a solid 16(+) miler.
This is one of my favorite long runs. When I can do this run, I know I am (just about) marathon ready.Continue reading “SWEET 15.85 (Not Quite 16)”
The 2021 NYC Marathon is 17 weeks, plus one day away.
This week, two weeks before my real “training” begins (aren’t we, as runners, always in training?), I took a GIANT leap forward.Continue reading “30-Mile Week”
Twelve weeks ago I arrived at the surgery center, walking in, knowing that I wouldn’t be walking out, and, in fact, that I wouldn’t be walking at all for quite some time.
When I checked into the surgery center, I told the receptionist that I was there to begin my training for the 2020 New York City Marathon. She smiled and said, “You must be Mr. Semendinger.”
Indeed I am.
I hobbled out of the surgery center on crutches my foot wrapped and in a heavy boot. The surgery was a success.
…and with that long run, my 2019 marathon dream is over.
Today was supposed to be my last long run, a final effort, to prove to myself that I could actually do the marathon. The truth, the reality I must face, is that I can’t. Not this year.
I gave it everything I had.
And then some.
My favorite runs are the ones I spend with my dear friend Ed. Ed is a 33 time marathoner (I have just done 21 of them). He’s also an IRONMAN (something I will probably never be). Ed is a warrior and an inspiration.
He’s also a close close friend. I cherish the times we run together.
I have had the great pleasure and honor of sharing inspirational words with my fellow runners at the Interfaith Chapel at the start of the New York City Marathon a number of times. I find it extremely inspiring to share God’s word before the race as we all prepare for the long miles ahead. This year I participated in two services and, as such, delivered two “sermons.” I will share both of these messages here on my blog. The first message I delivered is directly below this one on the blog’s home page. I hope, these words inspire you and your faith as well.
Rejoice in Suffering:
It has been the strangest autumn of my life. Or, at least the strangest autumn of the last fifteen years – since 2002.
I’ve shared on these pages before that I’m not running a fall marathon this year.
It’s an unfamiliar feeling. And I don’t particularly like it. The beloved New York City Marathon, the race I love and adore, will go on without me.
As a runner, I was Superman. But, that was a while ago.
When I started running marathons, I thought I was invincible.